Conservative MPs put themselves above the country

by danielbarker on 13 December, 2018

So instead of allowing their leader to concentrate on her job, to focus on the major issue of our future relationship with the EU, Conservative MPs decided it was time to indulge in a pointless internal leadership vote. In doing so, they once again put their own interests above those of the country. It was […]

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Tories to cut £85m from public health budget

by danielbarker on 12 December, 2018

Whilst the Brexit-shambles rages on, let’s not forget what else is this Government is responsible for………………………………………………………………… Local authorities have warned they are having to make ‘difficult decisions’ over maintaining public health services.The Local Government Association (LGA) was responding to a warning by sexual health campaigners the Terrence Higgins Trust that the Government is planning to […]

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What a shambles!

by danielbarker on 11 December, 2018

Whatever comes eventually out of the delay Mrs May has forced upon the Commons and indeed the country, no-one will forget what a shambles this Tory Government has become. Within the space of a few hours, Cabinet Ministers were forced to change their stories from ‘no the vote is going ahead’ to ‘no it isn’t’. […]

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Why is the People’s Vote campaign sidelining Lib Dems?

by danielbarker on 10 December, 2018

Why is the People’s Vote campaign sidelining Lib Dems? Published on Liberal Democrat Voice by Caron Lindsay | Sun 9th December 2018 – 11:55 am It’s fair to say that some party members have been expressing concern on social media about a perceived detachment between the Liberal Democrats and the People’s Vote campaign. Why is […]

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Information from Area Manager

by danielbarker on 10 December, 2018

Warm Weather Project As part of the work with Walsall Housing Group, West Midlands Police, West Midlands Fire Service and Walsall Council we have been organising the Winter Warm Project. The aim is to distribute Winter Warm resources/information to vulnerable individuals in locations in the West. Resources include: • Radiator covers; British Gas electric meter […]

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Local government finance settlement delayed by Brexit

by danielbarker on 7 December, 2018

The announcement of the local government funding settlement has been delayed as Parliament looks to grapple with Brexit. In a statement released on Wednesday, communities secretary James Brokenshire said this confirmation was made prior to the meaningful vote on 11 December, and publication will be made following the vote next week. The announcement will be […]

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A million children face a miserable Christmas without warm clothing, fresh food or celebrations, poverty campaigners have warned. Action for Children says its analysis of government data shows a quarter of parents will get into debt to cover cost of the holiday season. It says the continuing effects of austerity mean nearly half of parents […]

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One in five people are living in poverty, report warns

by danielbarker on 5 December, 2018

Britain has suffered a ‘relentless rise’ in the number of working families struggling to make ends meet over the last five years, according to poverty campaigners. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation said there were now half a million more children trapped in poverty than five years ago. Its report, UK Poverty 2018, says 14.3 million people […]

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Increase in fares an insult to passengers

by danielbarker on 4 December, 2018

Responding to the announcement of an average of 3.1% more for rail tickets from 2 January, Liberal Democrat Transport Spokesperson Baroness Jenny Randerson said: “Millions of people right across the country are paying over the odds for rail tickets despite not getting the service they pay for. It is frankly an insult to passengers to […]

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At least 160 youth centres have closed since 2016, FOI reveals At least 160 youth centres have closed since 2016, a report based on Freedom of Information Act requests by Unison claims. The union says the figures, based on responses from 101 councils, represent a serious false economy as youth centres help prevent crime, anti-social […]

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